For a lot of people, gaining weight when quitting smoking is a real fear. Whether this fear is well-founded or not is another story, but if you believe that you may gain weight when you stop smoking, and this is something that you would like to avoid, there are some simple precautions you can take to put every chance on your side. Simply believing it won’t happen will not necessarily make it true, even though some people will gain little or no weight when they stop smoking for good.
There are several reasons why some people gain weight when they stop smoking. The first reason is biological, and there is very little you can do about it. When you withdraw an active substance, such as nicotine, from your metabolism, it will change, and this can lead to small to significant weight gain. As I said, your body in this instance does as it wills, and you have no control over that. You do have control about the intake of food you take, and this is where you can really show your body who’s boss!
In short, you have to cut off your access to excess food. I know this is easier said than done! After all, what is excess food? Excess food is anything that is not part of your pre-planned, three daily meals. This means no snacks, no fridge full of pop or overly sweetened fruit juices, no bags of chips, etc.
Plan your meals in advance to make sure you won’t go hungry, and remove all excess food from your house or apartment. This will remove temptation and is akin to throwing away your last cigarettes when you quit smoking! If the food’s not there, you can’t eat it! Believe in yourself, avoid temptation by removing excess, junk food from your house and you’ll be able to limit your weight gain to a minimum after quitting smoking!